Goals from Andy Tutte and George Miller bring all three points back to Gigg Lane
Lee Clark’s tenure as the Shakers 39th manager began with a perfect return of three points as goals from Andrew Tutte and George Miller won the game for Bury at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium, despite Ryan Lowe’s missed penalty in the second half.
With both sides struggling at the bottom of the table, a potentially tense afternoon in Derbyshire finished successfully for the Shakers as they managed to climb out of the bottom four relegation places with the three points claimed.
The arrival of the team sheet in the press box at the Proact Stadium confirmed that James Vaughan had failed to shake off the knock he picked up during the MK Dons game, on Tuesday evening, and his injury gave a surprise full, third, debut for Ryan Lowe.
The first half chance of the afternoon fell to Shakers legend Lowe who, six years previously, scored a now famous goal for Bury, on the same ground, to secure promotion to League One. A sweeping ball from Mellis, from the half way line, found Lowe on the edge of the Spireites box and Lowe used his experience to shrug off a defender before firing a shot on goal that, unfortunately, lacked any pace, allowing Spireites debutant ‘keeper Thorsten Stuckmann to collect easily.
Shortly afterwards, it was the turn of Shakers ‘keeper Joe Murphy to be called into action when a long curling cross into the Bury box from Osman Kakay sailed over the heads of many players in and around the Shakers six-yard box but Murphy showed quick feet and a fine leap to claim the ball in the air.
Chesterfield could have taken the lead moments later when another long, diagonal, pass from Kakay fell to the livewire Sylvain Ebanks-Blake on the edge of the Bury box. He took a touch to wrong foot Antony Kay but, as he fell to the floor under pressure from Kay, he managed to stab the ball just wide of Murphy’s right hand post and out for a Bury goal kick.
A Chesterfield free kick, from a wide angle, on 28 minutes’ saw Joe Murphy, again, called into action when the delivery into the box looked to be heading for the far post but, again, a flying leap from the Shakers ‘keeper saw him get a good palm to the ball to swat it away for a home throw on the opposite side of the field.
The Spireites took the lead just after the half hour when another long ball downfield looked to have deceived Cameron Burgess when, either the bounce of the ball or the height of the ball had the on-loan Fulham defender completely misjudged the flight of the ball. Kristian Dennis stole in behind him and managed to get enough on the ball, despite the challenge from Burgess, to divert the ball past the on-rushing Joe Murphy and into the empty goal.
GOAL: Chesterfield 1 Bury 0 (Dennis 31)
Bury attempted to get back into the game almost immediately as Greg Leigh, who was giving another fine performance at left wing back, began a Bury raid down the left. His pinpoint ball into the middle for Mellis was swiftly moved on to Tom Pope who, using his vast experience, touched the ball to Lowe with ease but, as the Shakers striker positioned himself for the shot, it allowed Evatt the time to manoeuvre himself in front of the veteran strikers eventual shot and he managed to get a toe to the ball to poke it away for a Bury corner.
Just before half time, another slick passing move from the Shakers saw nine passes before Taylor Moore clipped the ball into the Chesterfield Box where Ryan Lowe suddenly found himself in plenty of space, six yards out and with no sign of any defenders closing him down. There 464 travelling Bury fans prepared to erupt as normal when Lowe is presented with such a chance, and they were as surprised as Lowe himself when his side footed shot flew wide of the target.
Half time: Chesterfield 1 Bury 0
With nine minutes of the second half gone, Lee Clark made his first substitution as Bury manager, replacing Tom Pope with young George Miller, and his first touch of the ball almost found the Chesterfield goal. A clever touch from Taylor Moore fell kindly to Miller, but his snap shot at goal was blocked by Evatt’s outstretched leg to deny an instant impact for the Bury youngster.
Ryan Lowe was presented with another golden chance soon after when a curling, floated, ball into the box saw Lowe get in front of centre half Tom Anderson. Lowe got a good connection with his forehead but watched in agony as the ball cannoned back into play off the crossbar.
Bury were beginning to step on the gas in search of an equaliser and another move, on 64 minutes, started with some excellent close ball control from Bury’s second substitute Callum Styles, who had replaced Scott Burgess. His deft, forward, ball fell superbly to Mellis who went on a powerful, surging, run forward which, eventually, saw the ball delivered to Ryan Lowe in the box but, as he attempted to turn his man, he seemed to take a push knocking him away from the ball. Despite the appeals from the 464 Bury fans and the 11 Bury players for the penalty, referee Simon Hooper was having none of it and waved for play to continue.
George Miller then forced a fine diving save from Stickman on 70 minutes after a good ball down the flank from Moore found Miller on the edge of the box. Using his pace, he managed to get the ball into the box before firing his shot at goal, but Stuckmann was equal to the effort and got down to the shot to palm it away but as Taylor Moore followed the loose ball up he could only blaze the ball high over the crossbar.
Chesterfield were then reduced to ten men on 78 minutes. Callum Styles, showing a such a lot of maturity for his young years, won the ball in the middle of the park and danced his way through two challenges before finding Mellis whose quick ball, into the box, for Lowe to chase saw the Bury striker just get in front of Anderson. The Spireites defender clipped Lowe on the ankle sending Lowe sprawling to the floor and referee Hooper this time awarded the penalty to Bury, and quickly showed Tom Anderson a straight red card for his efforts.
With the opportunity to get the Shakers back into the game, Lowe struck his penalty to the bottom left right corner of Stuckmann’s goal, but the big, 35-year old ‘keeper managed to get down quickly to palm the shot away to safety.
The disappointment of the saved penalty was short-lived though as, within minutes; the Shakers were back in the game through a “Goal of the Season” contender. A cross field pass from Leon Barnett looked to be heading out of play but for the quick sprint of Greg Leigh. His short pass to Callum Styles saw the youngster quickly tap the ball into the path of Andrew Tutte some 30 yards out. Tutte had one thing on mind and that was the top right hand corner of Stuckmann’s goal and, taking one touch, the Liverpudlian midfielder hit a stunning shot, from fully 30 yards out, perfectly into the top right hand corner of Stuckmann’s goal, sending the travelling Bury fans delirious.
GOAL: Chesterfield 1 Bury 1 (Tutte 80)
With ten minutes of the game remaining, the Shakers suddenly had a renewed surge of energy and almost took the lead five minutes later. Taylor Moore, again, danced the ball to the edge of the Chesterfield box before laying it off to Miller though his quick turn and shot from six yards was bettered by a quick dive and hold from the Chesterfield ‘keeper.
The fourth official added an additional five minutes to the game and, some two minutes into that added time, those 464 Shakers supporters were sent wild again as George Miller won the game for Bury. A long Joe Murphy clearance bounced once on the edge of the Chesterfield box where one of the home defenders managed to get a touch on the ball to divert it back towards Stuckmann but the on-loan Patrick Thistle stopper took a very heavy first touch on the ball and Miller immediately seized on the mistake and poked the ball away from the ‘keepers swinging foot before following up to roll the ball over the line to win the game for Bury, a goal which saw the players and their delighted supporters coming together to celebrate what could prove to be an absolutely priceless win.
GOAL and Final Score: Chesterfield 1 Bury 2 (Miller 90+2)
Chesterfield: Stuckmann, Hird, Anderson, Evatt, Gardner (Brown 63), Kakay, Grimshaw, Jones, Faupala, Ebanks-Blake (Simons 71), Dennis (Mitchell 67)
Subs not used: El-Fitouri, Angel, Humphreys, Allinson
Bury: Murphy, Barnett, Kay, C Burgess, Tutte, Moore, Mellis, S Burgess (Styles 63), Leigh, Lowe (Hope 86), Pope (Miller 54)
Subs not used: Deslandes, Pennant, Mackreth, Williams
Gate: 5,582 (464 visitors)